TED Hose Application - page 2

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The small opening in the hose does go on the bottom of the foot (ball of foot) correct? In this way the top of the toes are fully covered. In class some students put the hole at the TOP of the toes but then this left the... Read More


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    Quote from imafostermom
    I ordersed some for my students to practice with. Some are on the top others on the bottom. Find the heel and go from there. Directions are also on the packages.

    I know! I know! I know! And that's what I said to my nursing assistant instructor. I said that the hole (for checking the toes) falls on the ball of the foot. And this is because when you hold the stocking up you can see the heel part. I'm assuming the reinforced section of the stocking that sticks out is the heal. Am I right? When you put the stocking on and line up this reinforced heel section with the patient's heel the hole for toe-checking falls on the bottom of the foot, not on the top. And I was told "No", that was wrong. The hole ALWAYS FALLS ON TOP OF THE TOES. When I asked about the reinforced heel section of the stocking, I was told that was NOT the heel.

    I'm beyond confused. I'm testing soon and need to know the correct way to do this. Will I fail if I put the stocking on wrong?

    P.S. We don't have access to the packaging the hose comes in so we don't have instructions.
    Last edit by ecmb on Jul 25, '08
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    Quote from imafostermom
    I ordersed some for my students to practice with. Some are on the top others on the bottom. Find the heel and go from there. Directions are also on the packages.
    Thanks. This is a big help. It would be nice the the hose were all designed the same. Must be part of the reason why there's confusion. I'll start with the heel and follow through.
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    Where I work we always put the hole on the ball of the foot.
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    :chuckle:chuckle:chuckle:chuckle

    Where I work the hole goes on the toes so you can check circulation.
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    Quote from loriangel14
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    Where I work the hole goes on the toes so you can check circulation.

    But does the hole go ON TOP of the toes or on the bottom of the toes?

    We have two pair after a family member had surgery and it is obvious, with the reinforced heal area and also the preformed shape of the hose, (I mean it is shaped a little like a foot), and the hole is on the bottom but near the toes.
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    The holes on ours go at the top of the toes, but maybe they are differently constructed stockings. I guess different manufacturers could be making them different ways.
    Just curious, do you put yours on by turning them inside out first. I was taught that way and it is much easier.You tuck the toe in and put it on the pts toes and then pull the stocking back over the foot so now it is right side out.I had a homecare teach me that once.Also if you wear gloves while putting on the really tight ones they don't slide.
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    I learned a neat trick just the other day. I have been a CNA for about 6 years, and on my first few weeks as a nurse, a pre-op nurse showed me this trick. Take the bag that the TED hose are in and place it on the patients foot. Take the TEDs and place it over the foot and pull them up the legs. It helps you to get the TEDs over the foot so that you are not struggling. After they are on, just go through the hole and take the bag off. It has helped me, so thought I would pass it along. My hospital, the TEDs are hole at top. You can actually see the heel in the ones that we use. They almost look like socks with a hole at the top.
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    We have all 3 types at our school. Open toe, hole on top and hole under the ball of the foot. Remember to just follow where the heel is like you would with socks and go from there. The opening choice is meant to check circulation. They all work, I prefer the opening on the bottom because it is not as annoying to most patients. Explain to the patient what the opening is for and that unless it is "open toe", the teos do not stick out. If you have never seen the other types just do a search for anitembolism stockings. I have to admit, back in nursing school they showed us only one type and I was not really aware that there were others until I began working with surgical patients.
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    Most of the ones we have at work have no hole at all.
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    Quote from loriangel14

    Just curious, do you put yours on by turning them inside out first. I was taught that way and it is much easier.You tuck the toe in and put it on the pts toes and then pull the stocking back over the foot so now it is right side out.I had a homecare teach me that once.Also if you wear gloves while putting on the really tight ones they don't slide.
    I learned this way from a book: You fold it, inside out, down to the heel and then place it on the patient's foot. Then all you have to do is more or less unfold it up to the calf. It is easier and sounds like your way.

    We were taught to gather it like people used to gather stockings and put on and I find this way much more difficult and time-consuming.

    So, if I wear regular hospital gloves it is easier? I'll try that.

    Thanks.
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